Hot cocoa – VEGAN after all!

Random hot cocoa that some people threw away, and that I found. When I first picked up this hot cocoa, I looked all over on the jar and could not find the ingredient label. Because of the name “silly cow farms,” I had thought it probably includes dairy products.

However, as it was totally free (something that was actually discarded and then I found), I knew that I could use this, with absolutely no future harm to cows that could be associated with it.

Today, I was going to share with you that I finally decided to make actual hot cocoa with this (versus using it in my Chia pudding, which is what I normally do with it). I was going to mention that I don’t know if this is vegan or not.

When I was trying to take this picture, somehow I noticed that the ingredients actually are listed, on the red tag. Guess what, this hot cocoa mix is vegan after all. Completely dairy free, from what I can see from the ingredients (I could always be missing something, of course).

If I’m right about it being dairy free and vegan, then … if you’re looking for that kind of product, it looks like silly cow cocoa could be an option for you. I ended up with two different flavors (hot cocoa powder that other people discarded): chocolate truffle and chocolate mousse.

Now back to my hot cocoa! I started by heating up this good karma unsweetened plant milk in a pot on the stove. This is not the good karma that I usually get, this one has a little bit more calories and a little less protein.

One really good thing about this is that it’s usually a lot cheaper than the other (higher protein) good karma plant milk that I get. This one is 70 cal, 5 g of protein, 0 g saturated fat, 2 grams carbs, 0 g sugar and 0 g fiber. Soy milk is better, nutritionally, than this, but this is what I had on hand.

After heating up the Good Karma plant milk (it’s made with pea protein, whole-grain oats, and flax oil), I poured it into a mug that already had the hot cocoa mix in it.

Mixed it all together and then added Trader Joe’s coconut whipped topping from a can. It was good, very soothing.

One thing I noticed, compared to how I typically imagine hot cocoa, this was not very sweet at all. I have to admit, I was kind of looking for something to satisfy my sweet tooth! This didn’t exactly do that, but at least it was hot chocolatey milk.

I was thinking about dairy milk, I bet dairy milk would have a lot more sugar in it, compared to this good karma flax milk. Is that right? I don’t know if the sugar in dairy milk would be an issue for diabetics or not. Anybody out there know the answer, let me know.

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  1. I think lactose has a pretty high glycemic rate, but the protein and the fat, if it’s not skim, should offset the spike. But one thing I discovered when I had gestational diabetes, is that it really depends on the individual. Although I had GD, I only had a slightly too high number after eating plantains. I was sensitive to them, for some reason. Otherwise, I really never had to worry too much. i just made sure not to eat like a boatload of potatoes and have balanced meals, but so long as I did that, which I usually do eat balanced anyway, and I was fine, except that one time I had plantains at a Cuban restaurant. Other people couldn’t eat rice, but could eat wheat bread. Some people couldn’t eat wheat but it was corn, etc.

    1. Yes, I don’t know if regular milk is better for diabetics or not … Thank you for checking on this for me. I don’t know if we have a clear answer. Like you said, probably it varies from person to person.

      Meanwhile, I was thinking dairy milk might be better for a sweeter tasting hot cocoa, compared to this very non-sweet flax / oat / pea protein milk. Of course, sweetened plant milk would also do the trick. Quite a few different brands of sweetened plant milk have gobs of sugar in them.

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